Christopher Marte

The Fight Against the Two Bridges Towers is Far from Over [OP-ED]

Posted September 23, 2020 at 5:05 am

The following editorial was written by the Coalition to Protect Chinatown and the Lower East Side. Councilwoman Margaret Chin would like you to believe the Lower East Side and Chinatown are dead. That she tried courageously to save our community from being demolished by four mega-towers, yet the Appellate court wouldn’t let her prevail. Though, […]

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Community Lawsuit Halts City’s Chinatown Jail Plans

Posted September 22, 2020 at 5:05 am

The Borough-based jail plan hit another major snag this week, with a grassroots lawsuit blocking the proposed Chinatown prison. Neighbors United Below Canal, a community organization, announced yesterday that its lawsuit won an injunction against development of the thirty-story high-rise at 125 White Street. Judge John Kelley ruled in favor of the community, noting that […]

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Christopher Marte Launches City Council Campaign for 2021

Posted January 22, 2020 at 5:09 am

Christopher Marte is jumping back into the City Council election ring. With three-time Councilmember Margaret Chin terming out next year, the local politician is looking to capitalize early on the District 1 seat. Essentially building on the momentum he created during the 2017 election that gave Chin a run for her money. (The incumbent squeaked […]

Bowery Residents Stave off Eviction as State Deems Apartments Rent Stabilized

Last modified December 30, 2017 at 12:25 am

Chinatown tenants embroiled in a legal struggle against eviction for more than two years have reason to rejoice. The state sided with the 27 low-income families living here in a ruling that confirms the apartments in question at 83-85 Bowery as rent stabilized buildings. Residents alleged that landlord Joseph Betesh, of Milestone Equities and Dr. […]

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Here’s a Map Showing How the Lower East Side Voted in the City Council Election Last Week

Posted November 17, 2017 at 5:03 am

With more than a week having elapsed since the general election, the above map plots the results of the City Council District 1 race. It was a heated campaign that saw incumbent Margaret Chin fighting for her life against the upstart Christopher Marte. Chin defeated Marte by nearly 3,000 votes to secure a third term […]

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Margaret Chin Handily Defeats Opponents to Keep City Council Seat

Posted November 8, 2017 at 5:05 am

For upstart Christopher Marte, the dream is no longer. Incumbent Democratic Councilwoman Margaret Chin handily won election for the District 1 seat. With nearly 100% of ballots reported, Chin secured victory with 10,572 votes to Marte’s 8,502, and challenger Aaron Foldenauer’s 1,013 votes. Up in District 2, Democrat Carlina Rivera won the vote for councilwoman. […]

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On Rivington Street, the Old TeaNY Transforms into Chris Marte HQ

Last modified October 31, 2017 at 1:16 pm

The teeny bit of TeaNY that remains on Rivington Street will eventually get replaced. But until then, it’s a staging area for City Council hopeful Chris Marte. Campaign posters litter the storefront, sitting side by side with leasing signs to attract more permanent tenants. Operational for weeks, we’re told that 90 Rivington is an “annex […]

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CB3 Votes to Co-Sponsor Controversial Rezoning of LES Waterfront in Bid to Thwart Supertall Development

Posted October 19, 2017 at 5:01 am

Thanks to a confluence of election year politics and incessant grassroots organizing, development along the Lower East Side waterfront is firmly in the spotlight. It’s a rare moment when the voice of the people is being heard, albeit barely. There is definitely traction, but a race against the clock is afoot. Nevertheless, Community Board 3 […]

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Marte to Challenge Chin for City Council Seat in November General Election

Posted October 4, 2017 at 5:00 am

The scrappy campaign of Chris Marte might be down, but it’s not out. We got word yesterday that the fight against incumbent Councilwoman Margaret Chin for the District 1 seat is still alive. The rebound is owed to a fluke of voting. What the campaign has called a “unicorn” event. Basically, six registered Independence Party […]

With Final Votes Counted, Margaret Chin Squeaks by Marte for Third Term

Posted September 19, 2017 at 9:20 am

The Board of Elections yesterday completed its final tally of absentee and affidavit ballots, and the results are in. Incumbent Councilwoman Margaret Chin maintained her narrow margin over challenger Christopher Marte by just over 200 votes. So, it’ll likely be another four years of the same. The results should be certified by the city at […]

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